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in and Around Benidorm
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in and Around Benidorm by Clinton Maxwell
|It is now called Calpe,
which means steep, rocky hill, but when it was settled by the Phoenicians,
it was called Ifach, which simply means "north". But by any name, this
beautiful town is a perfect spot for a vacation on Spain's Costa Brava
on the Mediterranean Sea. Ideally situated between Altea and Benidorm to
the south and Denia to the north, the town of Calpe recognized its prime
as far back as 1935, when its first resort hotel opened and hosted such
notables as the author Hemingway.
The lovely town and beautiful
soft sand beaches are a main attraction, to be sure, but one of the most
interesting sites for most visitors to the area is the rocky crag called
Penon de Ifach, that gave the town its original name. Penon de Ifach
actually a natural park in Spain, the smallest in the country along with
Columbretes Islands in Castellon.
|The Spanish decided to name
it a natural park in 1987 in order to protect its 300 species of vegetation
and bird life which was being threatened by the urban sprawl that the originally
small, quiet fishing village of Calpe was experiencing at that time. For
nature lovers, the 35 hectares offer botanical landscapes as well as areas
of tectonic interest. Some near extinct species of birds, such as the swift
and the silver seagull and some plants found no where else on earth are
protected in this natural preserve.
It is not an easy climb,
but for those who master the summit of this unusual rock formation, the
view is worth every effort. The climb up is a serpentine route along the
rocks, through a tunnel which was dug in 1918, to a peak which looks down
on the beautiful Costa Brava. The park is free, but the authorities have
wisely limited visitors to 50 per hour, so during busy seasons such as
the summer and Easter week, you have to get a ticket to go up the mountain.
Even if you have never attempted any sort of mountain climbing, the lure
of Penon de Ifach will make you very glad you tried.
You can visit Calpe either
by flying into Valencia airport, 105 kilometers away, or fly into Alicante
airport, 61 kilometers away. If you rent a car, you will follow the N332
national highway which is toll free, or the A-7 highway. On the A-7, there
are tolls, but the route is quick and safe, and recommended during the
busy summer season. If are not renting a car, you can take a bus from either
Since this is now such a
popular tourist spot, you can choose among dozens of places to stay. From
a rudimentary camping spot, to an inexpensive hotel for only 45 euros per
night, to something a bit nicer at the base of the Penon (about 80 euros
per night) to a luxe hotel right at the beach, in the range of 150 euros,
you will find something to suit your taste and pocketbook.
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About the Author: Clinton
Maxwell very often publishes newsletters on ideas associated with Benidorm.
His observations on Benidorm
and Calpe are published on his web publications.
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The Hotel Alcoceber is a
modern, holiday hotel located within 200 metres of Alcoceber's many beaches
and 300 metres from the marina and shops. For those that want to
check out some places of outstanding beauty, the Sierra D'Irta and the
wetlands of L'Estany, one kilometre from the hotel, are recommended. The
Restaurant Mediterraneo provides guests with dishes derived from Mediterranean
cuisine and available from an a la carte menu. A buffet restaurant also
serves Mediterranean snacks and well-known dishes and guests can dine on
the hotel's outside terrace that overlooks the sea and swimming pool. Drinks
and cocktails are available from the hotel's bar . The swimming pool itself
is lagoon-style and the surrounding area features palm-trees, sun-beds
Seafront Hotel situated
in the typical village Alcossebre (Castellón), near the Natural
Park Sierra de Irta. The Hotel Jeremias is situated directly by the beach
Cargador, one of the beautiful sandy beaches in the Azahar Coast. Alcossebre
is known by its beautiful long beaches, its restaurants and bars, offering
a variety of local dishes, as well as international cuisine. The Hotel
Jeremias is a quiet hotel with 40 rooms, many of them with sea views. Most
of the rooms have balcony, full bathroom, satellite TV, room service, telephone,
air conditioning and independant heating system. Buffet restaurant with
a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes. Beverages not included. Free Internet
for customers. Wifi Zone.
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de Benicarló - Castellón Province
This Parador is located
next to the quiet beaches of Benicarló, in the heart of the Costa
del Azahar, just 30 metres from the sea. It has a monumental garden (20,000m2)
in which the well cared-for lawn, the swimming pool and the exotic palm
trees stand out. Summer barbecues, a tennis court and children's playground
are a complement to a quiet but active stay, thanks to the numerous activities
which can be undertaken. Along with the buffet, the marine cooking with
shellfish and rice is the most representative offer of the restaurant,
not forgetting the famous Benicarló artichoke.
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A modern hotel, the AC Hotel
Castellón is centrally located just two kilometres from Castellón's
port, and 10 kilometres from fine beaches. The Grao de Castellón
Port is two kilometres away and Benicassim's beach is 10 kilometres from
the hotel. After a day's sightseeing, guests can have a quiet drink or
light meal at Bar AC. Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby,
and business guests are well catered for with a technology helpdesk, business
services, two conference rooms, and wireless Internet in public areas.
Practical amenities include 24-hour room service, garage parking, and a
safe-deposit box at the front desk. The Sala Restaurant, with its stylish
minimalist furnishings, offers creative Mediterranean dishes and fine Spanish
wines and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Located in front of the
train and bus station, five minutes walking from the Castellon city centre
and a few minutes from the main roads of the city, is placed this four
star hotel, modern functional and adapted for leisure and business needs.
The hotel offers parking for clients with more than 100 spaces, with direct
access to the rooms, gym, business centre and sauna, complete the wide
range of services and facilities available in the Luz Castellon Hotel.
The hotel also has a cafeteria service. Restaurant 'Agua' - Purity in the
shapes, in the flavours, smells and textures of a personal and traveller
cuisine, respectful and funny, that surprises and renews with the aim to
make you enuoy in every moment the quality of our products, chosen daily
among the best of our markets.
Vincci Castellón Center
This contemporary glass-fronted
property is located in Castellon's commercial district, 400 metres from
the restaurants, theatre and basilica. Guests arriving by car find a parking
garage; further provisions include room service at mealtimes, tour assistance
and valet parking. Valencia Airport is a 50 kilometre drive away. The La
Albahaca restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes and is open daily for breakfast,
lunch and dinner. The dining room is modern, with pale wood flooring, white
leather chairs and white linen-topped tables. Guests have access to an
additional restaurant at Hotel Jaime I, which lies across the street from
this hotel; Los Narajos serves Mediterranean food in an airy dining room
with floor-to-ceiling windows and deep blue armchair-style chairs. The
hotel offers guests use of the sauna, hot tub and gymnasium.
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Spa Resort Hotel, Peñíscola
Hotel Agora is a modern
spa hotel located in Peniscola, Spain, 400 metres from the old town and
Peniscola Castle. The historic village of Sant Carles de la Rapita is 33
kilometres away. The Irta Mountain range is within 15 kilometres
of the hotel, and has 90 kilometres of mountain biking and hiking routes.
The nearby beach offers a range of water sports. The hotel's spa centre
offers a range of massage and beauty treatments, and houses a sauna, steam
room, swimming pool, and gymnasium. Further amenities include a kids' club,
hair salon, and 24-hour front desk. Hotel Agora serves breakfast every
morning, and the restaurant serves Mediterranean rice and fish dishes.
Internet access is provided in public areas for a surcharge.
more hotels in Peñíscola & surrounding areas
Los Delfines, Peñíscola
Husa Los Delfines is located
on the beachfront in Peniscola, Spain, with views of the town's ancient
walls across the bay and the 13th-century castle where Pope Benedict XIII
('Pope Luna') lived. The Moorish old town and the harbour are 500 metres
away. The hotel is located right on the seafront and has an outdoor swimming
pool. The sunbathing terrace is edged with palm trees. Husa Los Delfines
has a terrace restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes, open for buffet
style breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a pizzeria overlooking the
sea and a coffee shop. The 73 guestrooms have balconies with sea
views, televisions, direct-dial phones and safes.